Jul 29

VNXe 3200 – It’s Here!

You may remember a short time ago @sakacc announced his Summer Gift Part 2 – 10 VNXe arrays free to play with for volunteers! I quickly sent an email and a week or so later I was notified that I had been selected to receive one of the new VNXe 3200s!!! A big thanks to @sakacc and EMC for putting together this great opportunity.

Last Friday the VNXe 3200 was waiting for me on my doorstep when I arrived home from work :)

Saturday morning I got it set up in my lab, downloaded the EMC VNXe Connection Utility, and configured a static management address.

The VNXe 3200 I received has two SPs, six 600 GB 15K SAS drives, and five 100 GB EFDs.

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Went through the basic setup of DNS and NTP. That is all for now, there is an issue with the licensing but EMC is working through that and it should be squared away soon. Looking forward to messing with it, especially the FAST Suite.

If there is anything specific you would like to see or if you have any questions or thoughts on labs to help demonstrate the abilities of the VNXe 3200 drop me a comment or hit me up @herseyc.

Jul 18

VMware ICM Class (ITN 254) at TCC Fall 2014

Enrollment is open for ITN 254 for the Fall 2014 semester at Tidewater Community College. Tidewater Community College is a participant in the VMware IT Academy (vITA) program.

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The Fall ITN 254 class will cover the VMware vSphere 5.5 Install, Configure, Manage curriculum. Completing the class meets the training requirements necessary to obtain the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification. Once you have completed the class you will also receive a discount voucher to use when you book your VCP exam.

The Fall 2014 semester ITN 254 class will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM at the Tidewater Community College Chesapeake Campus. The class usually fills up so if you are interested enroll early.

If you have any questions about the class feel free to drop me a note in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.

Hope to see you in class!

Jul 16

vCoffee Links #8 – Wednesday 7/16/2014

Hope you are having a great day!

Quick shout out to Tintri for the AWESOME vExpert shirt again this year! Thanks for the shirt and thanks for supporting the vExpert community.
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Now go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the links…

vCoffee Links is a regular feature on vHersey.com. vCoffee Links features news and links of interest from the past week or so. If you have something interesting to add please submit it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.
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Jul 14

New Home Lab Switch

In my lab I have been using a bunch of these little TRENDnet 8-Port Unmanaged Gigabit GREENnet Desktop Metal Housing Switch, TEG-S80g for connectivity. These are not bad, especially for the price. These switches provide 8-ports of 1 GbE connectivity and support Jumbo Frames. The TRENDnet TEG-S80g switches have served the home lab great for the past couple years. The problem is that these switches are not managed and do not support VLANs. Because of this I have been separating traffic across multiple switches, which does not allow me to get the most efficient use out of the network adapters in my hosts.

I set out to find a managed switch that would support 802.1q VLANs, could be managed (either by Web interface or CLI), would support Jumbo Frames, and was affordable. I came across the TP-Link TL-SG2424 24-Port Gigabit Smart Switch.

The TP-Link TL-SG2424 provides 24-ports of 1 GbE connectivity, supports Jumbo Frames, and supports 802.1q VLAN tagging for under $170. I had an Amazon Gift Card that had been setting on my account for some time so I put that towards it and in a couple days I had my new switch.

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Jun 26

Book Review: Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager

Recently I was asked to review the book Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager by Abhilash GB. Packt Publishing provided me with a copy of Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager in eBook format. I just finished reading the book and here is my review:

I have done several successful Site Recovery Manager (SRM) deployments with configurations that use array based replication and vSphere Replication (and even both). Even though I am in no way an expert, I do have a good (though maybe not as deep as it should be) understanding of how SRM and vSphere Replication products work.

The book is short, I was able to read it cover to cover in a couple of afternoons, but it is packed with information. The author provides very clear step by step procedures, including screenshots, walking you through the process of deploying and configuring the different components required for both SRM and vSphere Replication. I especially liked the way the author walked through the different recovery options including test recovery, planned migrations, recovery, forced recovery, and re-protecting in great detail.

The book is about using SRM and vSphere Replication and does not specifically cover the design of disaster recovery and replication solutions. It does provide an overview of the SRM and the vSphere Replication architecture along with a lot of helpful tips to be used when making design decisions. Abhilash has provided several tables listing the pros and cons of the different deployment options. Through these tables and the accompanying text the author does a great job outlining the features and limitations of different deployment decisions. So even though it is not a “design” book, it does provide a nice reference for why to choose one method over another.

Another thing I really liked is Abhilash provided an outline in what he is using in his lab to create the multi-site environment. Would have been nice to see a little more detail here, but he gives you a good starting point. I have not had SRM spun up in my lab in quite awhile but reading this book has provided me with a bit of inspiration to get it set back up, specifically to review some of the new features that the latest 5.5 version of SRM and vSphere Replication provide.

Disaster Recovery Using vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager is definitely a handy resource that is a great addition to my library. If you are interested in SRM and vSphere Replication I would definitely recommend adding this book to yours.

Jun 25

vCoffee Links #7 – Web-scale Wednesday

Happy Web-scale Wednesday! Keep an eye on the hashtag #webscale today, there are bound to be some interesting tweets and photos.

I web-scale by adding coffee (man my desk is a mess).
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Shout out to Nutanix for the t-shirt.

Now go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the links…

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Jun 15

AutoLab Video Series Part 5 – Deploying the vMA

This fifth video in my AutoLab Video Series covers downloading, deploying, configuring, and using the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) virtual appliance in the AutoLab vSphere environment.

The vMA can be used to configure, manage, and monitor the vSphere environment using the command line. The vMA allows all hosts in a vSphere environment to be managed from a single command line interface. The ability to use the command line to configure ESXi hosts is a skill that, if mastered, is useful in the day to day management of a vSphere environment and in the successful completion of the VCAP-DCA exam.

Video links:
AutoLab – http://www.labguides.com/autolab/
Downloading the vMA: https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vima/
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/herseyc

If you are a student and you need a copy of VMware Workstation you can get an Academic discount version of VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion here!

Would love to hear what you think, you can leave a comment here or on the video’s YouTube page. Also if there is something you would like to see included in my AutoLab Video Series or if you have a question about a video please leave it in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed the video. Look for the next video in the series soon…

Jun 13

vCoffee Links #6 – Friday 6/13/2014

Happy Friday the 13th. Not only is it Friday the 13th, the Moon is also full tonight. That might explain a few issues in the home lab (That or I just fat fingered something somewhere – still going to blame it on the Moon and the date).

Some time has passed since my last vCoffee Links post. I have been traveling a bit for work lately and working on a lot of mostly interesting projects. So it has been a busy but good couple of weeks (with still more to come). When I have not been working I have been enjoying my down time. Not really trying to make excuses, but…

I have also not recorded any new AutoLab videos lately. There is one in the works on deploying the vMA in the AutoLab environment. Look for a new video in my AutoLab series this weekend.

Anyway go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the links…

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Jun 11

HRVMUG Meeting Report

Last night’s Hampton Roads VMUG meeting was the first “official” VMUG meeting with the new VMUG leadership. David and Michael did a great job running the meeting. There was good attendance representing a nice range of local industries including education, IT consulting, and defense contracting. This provided for some great discussions on how people are using VMware technologies and the challenges they are facing in their day to day work with the technologies (some great discussions on the move to public cloud services in the defense contracting space and the challenges they face with securing this). Thanks to everyone that attended, nice meeting all of you!

Special thanks out to the “Desktop Guys” from ODU for organizing the room and to ABS Technology Architects for providing the pizza and refreshments.

To kick things off David and Michael did a quick welcome presentation about what VMUG is and the many advantages of participating. David also covered the HRVMUG Workspace on the VMUG site. If you are interested in keeping up with what is going on with HRVMUG the Hampton Roads VMUG Workspace will be your best source of information (SO GO SUBSCRIBE TO IT!)

David then did a nice presentation on the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance. Several folks at this meeting were from defense contractors and there were some interesting discussions around the appliance security hardening. Very cool stuff.
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My presentation was on VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP). I provided an overview and comparison of VDP and VDPA along with a demo of using VDP to backup and restore a VM. There were some great discussions of use cases for VDP. A few questions, specifically around alarming and reporting, that I will follow up on in another post in the near future.

Finally John Edwards provided an overview of some of the challenges with the TCC classroom virtual lab environment. John covered how using vApps and virtual distributed switches has allowed for simplified management, better availability, and better student experience in the ITN lab environment. John also gave us a nice overview of how performance is being managed and optimized.
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To wrap the meeting up there were a couple of raffle drawings for some great VMware Press books and my VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook eBook.

Great discussions, great presentations, GREAT MEETING!

The next HR VMUG meeting will be in early September, watch the HRVMUG Workspace for updates. Hope to see you there.

May 26

vCoffee Links Issue #5 – Memorial Day 2014

Hopefully you are enjoying your coffee on a day off. Please remember to take a minute to offer a prayer or thought in remembrance of those who made ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms. They are not forgotten.

To my brothers(and sisters)-in-arms who have served or are currently serving, THANK YOU! You are appreciated.

On to the links…

vCoffee Links is a regular feature on vHersey.com. vCoffee Links features news and links of interest from the past week or so. If you have something interesting to add please submit it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.
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